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Our region has established assets in Direct Patient Care, Medical Equipment; Research & Testing; Information Storage & Processing; Services & Logistics; and Pharmaceuticals. Bioscience related industries account for one-third of the total 8-county economy. Building on large investments, NEPA RBI capitalizes on more than $250 million in health science facilities built recently by The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) and universities throughout the region. The strength of 14 colleges and universities, as well as multiple technical programs enhance the attractiveness of the region to businesses looking to recruit and retain talent.  Our educated workforce is the foundation of NEPA RBI.

Building on these strengths, NEPA RBI is committed on growing the regional economy through focusing collective energies and resources in three areas:

Direct Patient Care and Healthcare Administration

Researching & Testing with a focus on Medical Equipment

Services & Logistics with a focus in Pharmaceuticals

NEPA has a proven track record in these three sectors and numerous assets to successfully build upon for businesses looking to expand, start-up, or relocate to the region. We are ready to welcome your idea, investment, and/or company to the area and we will work every step of the way to support your vision.

RBI Facts

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FACT #1:

More than $2 Million in NIH funding has been attracted to NEPA within the last five years.

FACT #2:

Companies including Sanofi Pasteur are currently doing business in NEPA at a cost of 26.5% less than if operating in New York and 21.1% less than in Philadelphia.

FACT #3:

FedEx and UPS are operating refrigerated distribution facilities in NEPA due to our location, labor and operating costs.

FACT #4:

32.3% of NEPA’s population is over the age of 65, providing companies with an available pool of patients for equipment and pharmaceutical testing.

FACT #5:

Companies providing specialty healthcare services can capitalize on $1 Billion of annual patient care revenue currently leaving the NEPA region.


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This area’s great access, combined with a dedicated and highly productive workforce, has helped Benco Dental become the nation’s largest independent dental distributor.

Rick Cohen
Managing Director, Benco Dental

The rapid growth and success of this region has provided BioSpectra will a skilled labor force and contributed to our own growth.

Dora Meissner

NEPA presents a unique opportunity for bioscience companies to capitalize on the region’s intellectual resources and geographic proximity to major metropolitan areas.

John P. Wiercinski
Regional VP for Geisinger Health System

It is undeniable that our northeastern region has a wealth of diverse bioscience resources.

Jerry Musheno
Vice President, Project /Program Administration, Maximus

The key reasons for our success in distribution in Northeastern Penn. are we are located within 5 hours of all major cities in the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas, low overhead, low taxes and an inspired workforce.

Ray Lick
Wilkes Barre Regional Manager, Henry Schein


For more information,

Penn's Northeast

John L Augustine III


(570) 883-0504

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Amy Luyster

Assistant Vice President,
The Scranton Plan

(570) 342-7711